Toronto CISO Community

Gain powerful new perspectives

Join fellow CISOs in the Toronto community to solve critical leadership challenges through the collective experiences and expertise of the network.

Invaluable network

Build a strong professional network where you live and work. Access the collective expertise of your true peers all in one place. Make new connections and catch up with old friends.

Peer collaboration

Gain new perspectives from peers who understand your most critical priorities and are facing the same challenges -- generate ideas, share real-life experiences and get forward-looking guidance and insights.

Actionable insights

Exchange best practices, validate strategies and walk away with practical insights that are immediately actionable.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today.

  1. Accelerating security to match the pace of digital business initiatives
  2. Managing the risk created from a landscape of new core technologies
  3. Achieving sustainability for the CISO role without compromising outcomes

Toronto CISO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Toronto CISO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.


Zaki Abbas

Brookfield Asset Management

Samer Adi

Goodfood Market
Director Infrastructure and Security

Adam Evans

Royal Bank of Canada
VP, Cyber Operations & CISO

Jason Hall

VP Enterprise Security

Kush Sharma

City of Toronto

Ragulan Sinnarajah

VP, IT Shared Services & Head of Cyber Security

Traci Van Geel

Compass Group
Global Director Security, Risk and Compliance


Omar Al-Assaf

American Express
Bank Information Security Officer

Davis Arora

Senior Director of Cyber Security

Salman Ashraf

Travelers Canada
Director IT Security and Risk

Mohsen Azari

Senior IT Security Manager

Michael Balenzano

Lactalis Canada
Manager, Network Services

Keith Benedict

Postmedia Network Inc
Director IT Security, Audit and Compliance

Shimul Bhattacharjee

Global Information Security Officer, Infrastructure & Operation

Ireen Birungi

AVP Cybersecurity

Ben Blakely

Hydro One
Vice President & Chief Security Officer

Simon Brown

Weston Foods Inc
Director, Cybersecurity

Derek Browne

Northbridge Financial Corporation

Steve Browning

Vena Solutions
VP, Data Privacy and Corporate Security

Tom Campbell

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Director Cyber Security

Alpha Chan

Toronto Police Service
Cyber Security Lead

David Cullen

AGF Management Limited

Scott Currie


Jeff Curtis

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chief Privacy Officer

Paul Daley

Toronto District School Board
IT Security, Risk & Audit

Tracy Dallaire

McMaster University
Director Information Security

Sergio De Oliveira

Information Security Officer

Dan Di Salvo

Maple Leaf Foods
VP, Infrastructure & Security Services

Michael Dundas

Senior Director, Risk Management Services

Andrew Faber

Toronto Pearson Airport
Director Security Technology Services

Steve Ferrigni

Executive Director, Cyber Security, IT Risk Management and Enterprise Architecture

George Francis

Senior Director Corporate I.T Technology & Security

Eran Frank

Cadillac Fairview
Director, Information Security

Robert Fritz

Irving Oil
Director of Security and Compliance

Chris Gaya

Munich Reinsurance America
Head of IT Security, Architecture & Engineering

Patrick Gilbert

Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Senior Director, IT Security

Foad Godarzy

ENGIE Canada
Head of IT/OT Canada

Rachel Guinto

AVP Global Information Risk Management

Le Ha Hang

VP, Enterprise Security

Steve Hawkins

CISO & SVP Global Technologies

John Hewie

Microsoft Canada
Chief Security Officer

Fred Hopper

Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security
Vice President, Security, Quality & Process Improvement

Rod Hynes

Bell Canada
Director, Information Security

Waruna Jay

Labatt Breweries of Canada
Head, IT Operations & Digital Workplace Transformation

Faiza Kacem

BNP Paribas Canada
Head Americas - Operational Resilience, Crisis Management, and Third Party Tech Risk

Sahba Kazerooni

Aviva Canada

Stephen Kerkmann

Director IT Security & Risk Management

Vivek Khindria

Vice President Security and Risk

Karl Larson

TELUS Business Solutions

Tony Lee

Associate Director, CISO

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security

Andrew McAllister

Magna International
Head of Cyber Security Solutions & Senior Manager, Global Cybersecurity Architecture

Daniel McAuley

George Weston Ltd.
Sr. Manager, Information Security and Infrastructure

Brenda McCulloch


Mike Melo


Farooq Naiyer


Craig Newell

Liquor Control Board of Ontario
Director, Cyber Security

Oliver Ng

Staples Canada
Senior Director, Information Security

Kashif Parvaiz

University Health Network

Blair Radbourne

Vice President, Cybersecurity & Technology Risk

Sam Rego

Director IT, Infrastructure, Operations & Security

John Roberts

Province of Ontario
CISO (A) and Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario

Greg Ruddell

Director IT Security & Audit

Chris Russel

York University

Michael Salloum

McCain Foods
Manager, Info. Security

Ben Sapiro

Great-West Life Assurance
Global Chief Information Security Officer

Adina Saposnik

Ontario Health - Digital Services
CISO & VP, Technology Planning

Shahid Saya

The Fertility Partners
Vice President Information Technology

Vishal Sharma


Arsen Shirokov

Director, Information Governance & Security / CISO

Priya Sirwani

Fiera Capital
Global CISO

Raj Sivarajah

CI Financial

Gary Smith

VP, Enterprise Tech Relations

Yaron Spectorman

De Beers Canada
CISO, North America

Andrey Spiwak

John Hancock
Director, Cyber Incident Management

Jeff Stark

IGM Financial
Vice President, Technology Risk & CISO

Les Stevens

Vice President, Information Security

Isaac Straley

University of Toronto
Chief Information Security Officer

Deepak Upadhyaya

bakertilly International
CISO, Partner - Digital Tech and Risk

Juan Valbuena

Yamana Gold
Director Global Cybersecurity

Tom Verhoog

Global Information Security Manager

Nabeel Yousif

Flexiti Financial
VP Cyber Security & DevSecOps Engineering

Olivera Zatezalo

Huawei Technologies Canada
Chief Security Officer

Adam Zimmerman

Director, Cyber Security

Upcoming Events

Virtual Programs

February 18, 2021

Toronto CISO Virtual Town Hall

With One Cyberattack, Everything Changed. What’s Next?

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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March 10, 2021

Global CISO Virtual Town Hall

The Need for Speed – Increasing Efficiency in the Global SOC

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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April 29, 2021

Toronto CISO Virtual Executive Summit

Walk away from this peer-led, half-day virtual program with new connections and actionable insights.

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June 22, 2021

Global CISO Virtual Town Hall

Global CISO Virtual Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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July 20, 2021

Toronto CISO Virtual Town Hall

Toronto CISO Virtual Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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